info letter - University of the Arctic

Arctic Floating University - 2015
Exploring Russian Arctic
We are pleased to inform you that Northern (Arctic)
Federal University in cooperation with Northern
Branch of Russian Federation Agency for
Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring
(ROSHYDROMET) organize the marine research
and education expedition «Exploring Russian Arctic»
within the framework of the project «Arctic Floating
University – 2015».
We are inviting scholars, graduate and postgraduate
students to take part in the expedition!
The expedition will be held from 1 till 25 August 2015.
Participants: It is planned to have 31 student, 20 lecturers, and 5 members of the
administrative personnel among them.
Aims of the expedition
- to carry out a complex interdisciplinary research of the Arctic environment;
- to train young specialist for the of Arctic region;
The expedition route: White Sea –
Barents Sea – Kara Sea – Yamal
Peninsula – Novaja Zemlja –Franz
Josef Land – Arkhangelsk .
Landing points: Kanin cape, Oil
platform Prirazlomnaya, Bely Nos
cape, Varnek settlement (Vaigach),
Sabetta settlement, Novaya Zemlya:
Ledyanaya gavan’ bay, Zhelaniya
Cape, Franz Josef Land:
island, Champ island,
Russkaya gavan’ bay (Novaya
Zemlya), Sosnovets island, The
Solovetskie Islands (the White sea).
Consists of the research and educational sections
Research program:
- assessment of the conditions and degree of contamination of the local island
territories of the former industrial activity zones in the areas of work for the
elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
- comprehensive monitoring of changes in the vegetation of the Arctic tundra
transition zones due to climate changes;
- study of the species diversity of the living organisms and populations at Novaya
Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagoes and adjacent waters;
- study of the historic and cultural heritage of the Russian Arctic national park in
order to develop tourism and educational activities;
Educational program:
The Program focuses on the bachelor, master and PhD students.
Contents of the program: 8 educational modules and 32 hours of the lecture course.
Educational modules:
 Arctic Climate
 Study of the Arctic biodiversity and bioresources of the Arctic seas and
coastal territories;
 Cryogenic processes and modern changes of the ice cover in the Arctic
 The Arctic seas and coastal territories ecology;
 History of the Arctic region;
 The Arctic within the system of international relations;
 The Arctic legal framework;
 Problems of social and economic development of the Arctic territories;
Work on educational modules will be organized in form of seminars or field works
according to the module plan. The participants will receive 5 ECTS for
participation in the course and passing the exam.
All expeditions are organized on the research-vessel “Professor Molchanov”.
Originally built in 1982 for the Russian Hydro-Meteorological Service the R/V
“Professor Molchanov” has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 80
passengers and staff.
The vessel is a steel-hulled, ice-strengthened ship for the Arctic supply and
oceanographic research, completely refurbished to meet both passenger and
oceanographic needs. The R/V complies with international environmental and
safety standards.
The R/V “Professor Molchanov “ has all the necessary facilities for organizing
the educational process, laboratory and practical research . Public areas feature a
large dining room, an observation lounge, a conference room with modern
multimedia equipment, three laboratories, and a small infirmary with ship doctor.
An organization of the expeditions is carried out by means of co-financing by the
organizations participating in the project.
A participation fee per person is 275 thousand rubles. The fee covers:
accommodation (the bed in the cabin, meal, and network connection), the transport
expenditures and administrative costs during expedition.
Deadline for applications
April 1, 2015
Contact information:
Konstantin Zaikov, Director of Arctic Center for Strategic Studies
[email protected], mob. tel. 7 953 266 0586